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Masterworks Chorale to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’ November 16

ISSUED: 11 November 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Rachel Carlson, assistant professor of music, will present Georg Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” with full orchestra and soloists, on Saturday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater. “Messiah,” one of the most popular works in Western choral literature, is taken entirely from the King James and Great Bibles.

Admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to the performance. General admission is $15; $10 for Shepherd employees, alumni, senior citizens, and students 18 and under; and free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID.

Carlson is founder and artistic director of Six Degree Singers, a community choir based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and serves as assistant conductor of the Washington Master Chorale. In 2014, Carlson was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for best Classical Conductor/Director. Carlson has toured extensively with professional choirs across the country, appearing as a soprano soloist with the Washington Master Chorale, Washington Bach Consort, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Vox Humana, and Washington Revels, and as a professional choral singer with Conspirare and the Manhattan Chorale.

The Masterworks Chorale, a vocal ensemble with more than 100 singers, includes Shepherd vocal students and members from the surrounding community. Masterworks presents two full-length productions of great masterpieces from the choral literature every year.

For more information, call 304-876-5555 or visit

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